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What’s that smell? How our brains detect and cope with all the odors we encounter

Ryan Dalton | 
Olfactory neurons in your nose have evolved some 400 odor receptors, and each neuron contains only one. Receptors are tuned ...
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Are first-borns really more assertive? How birth order affects personality

Corinna Hartmann, Sara Goudarzi | 
In spite of sharing genes and environments, siblings are often not as similar in nature as one might think. But ...
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Darwin’s theory of evolution suggests a new approach for treating cancer

James DeGregori, Robert Gatenby | 
Cancers that have spread, known as metastatic disease, are rarely curable. The reasons that patients die despite effective treatment are ...
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Dementia patients often have lucid moments. Can these ‘awakenings’ help us treat Alzheimer’s and other diseases?

Lydia Denworth | 
An elderly woman suffering from late-stage Alzheimer’s disease had neither talked to nor reacted to any of her family members ...

Going vegetarian might boost your health, but probably won’t slow climate change

Shannon Hall | 
It pays to be a picky eater—at least, when it comes to meat. A study published Scientific Reports suggests ...
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Viewpoint: Aggressive US approach to cancer doing ‘more harm than good’

John Horgan | 
To paraphrase [author and oncologist Siddhartha] Mukherjee, testing represents an inversion—or perversion--of the Hippocratic oath to do no harm. A ...

Viewpoint: Afraid of GMOs, CRISPR? Here’s the science that could change your mind

Jonathon McPhetres | 
Scientists can do some amazing things with genes, from saving papayas from extinction, to making apples last longer before turning ...
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Women’s sex drive can be boosted with testosterone. Long-term risks need to be studied.

Emily Willingham | 
An absence of desire is not an inevitable facet of aging for women, [endocrinologist Susan] Davis says. There’s a name ...
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Skeptical about GMO food safety?

Jonathon McPhetres | 
Scientists can do some amazing things with genes, from saving papayas from extinction, to making apples last longer before turning ...
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Viewpoint: We need to recognize autism as a medical disability, not just a different way of being

Yuval Levental | 
Advocating for medical research, former president of Autism Speaks Liz Feld has stated that one third of people with autism ...

Artificial intelligence doesn’t ‘think’ like we do. How can we ever trust it?

Shohini Kundu | 
Today, digital information technology has redefined how people interact with each other socially, and even how some find their partners ...
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Taming immune system after stroke could reduce risk of brain damage

Bret Stetka | 
The pathology of a stroke is deceptively complicated. In the simplest sense, strokes occur when the blood supply to a ...
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Brain’s ‘instant replay’ system helps us make better decisions

Bret Stetka | 
A report published on June 27 in Science reveals how the hippocampus learns and hard wires certain experiences into memory ...
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Artificial intelligence could change the way we detect, treat breast cancer

Heather Couture | 
The same technology that powers Siri and face recognition on your iPhone has also found success in medicine. By automatically ...
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‘Smart’ fertilizers help feed booming global population while cutting pollution, slowing climate change

Jeff Carbeck | 
To feed the world’s growing population, farmers need to increase crop yields. Applying more fertilizer could help. But standard versions ...
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Virtual reality could transform the way we treat anxiety disorders, chronic pain and Alzheimer’s

Sam Martin | 
Experts used to worry that virtual reality (VR) would damage our brains. These days, however, VR seems more likely to ...

Viewpoint: Biological terrorism isn’t as scary as you may think

Emily Leproust | 
As new biological techniques advance, there are justifiable concerns these technologies could be used to create manmade pandemics. These worries ...

Remembering that fossils once had lives—long before we discovered their ancient bones

Amanda Rossillo | 
Fossils are the only remaining traces of once-living beings, and their collective and individual lived experiences simply cannot be known ...
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Can you become addicted to pot? This gene increases your risk.

Karen Weintraub | 
Danish researchers have for the first time identified a gene that increases the risk for cannabis use disorder. About 10 ...
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Why scientists are hesitant to declare a species extinct

John Platt | 
If so many species are going extinct, why don’t we hear about new extinctions every day?  The answer to that ...
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Electrical ‘brain ripples’ could boost memory for the elderly, Alzheimer’s patients

Simon Makin | 
Specific patterns of brain activity are thought to underlie specific processes or computations important for various mental faculties, such as ...
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Are people with ADHD really more creative than the rest of us?

Caterina Gawrilow, Sara Goudarzi | 
Those affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are clinically thought of as inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive. However, people with ...
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Electronic paternity tests and other bad ideas before the dawn of the DNA era

Nara Milanich | 
In the first decades of the 20th century, scientists around the world proposed a fantastic array of new methods to ...
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These dietary supplements could slow your aging. But they might also increase your cancer risk.

Helen Shen | 
As the world’s aging population grows rapidly, so has its appetite for health tips, tricks and products that could help ...

Attacking cancer tumors with next generation CAR-T cell therapies

Rafael Amado | 
In 2017, the first immuno-oncology cell therapies, known as chimeric antigen receptor T cells, or CAR T, were approved by the ...

Do creative minds draw inspiration from a special place in the brain?

Knvul Sheikh | 
By using the dorsomedial part of what scientists refer to as the brain’s “default network,” creative people can stretch their ...
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Do we really seek partners who look like our parents?

Martin Gründl, Sara Goudarzi | 
Time and again, we’ve heard the assertion that we’re attracted to partners who look like our parents. … An example ...
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FDA cracking down on unregulated dietary supplements, which it contends are almost all ineffective

Monica Reinagel | 
The FDA recently announced that it plans to increase its oversight of the multi-billion dollar supplement industry. This would include ...